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List of the best postmodern novels from popular postmodern authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo that are reactions against Enlightenment and Modernist literature. Postmodern novels use techniques like fragmentation, paradox and questionable narrators in their writing to be experimental in literature. The purpose of postmodern novels is to take serious subjects from a distance and disconnect and be able to depict the stories with irony and humor.

The list asks the question, “What is the best postmodern novel?” The list is voted on to decide the favorite postmodern novel. If some of the postmodern novels by the best postmodern writers aren't listed, then be sure to add them so that other readers can vote on them.

Some of the best themes and techniques that are used in postmodern novels are irony and black humor, metafiction, non-linear narratives and fragmentations, paranoia, minimalism, or maximalism. Novels that include these features are on the list, such as House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard and Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. Vote up the best postmodern novels right here.

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Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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White Noise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
White Noise Don DeLillo

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If on a winter's night a trave... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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The Crying of Lot 49 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon

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House of Leaves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut

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Ubik is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Ubik Philip K. Dick

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Labyrinths is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson

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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

The Best Novels Written by Famous Actors

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Molloy; Malone dies ; The unna... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Underworld Don DeLillo

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami

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Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Pale Fire Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco

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Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

The Best TV Shows Based on Books

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

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The Sot-Weed Factor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Sot-Weed Factor John Barth

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The Recognitions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Recognitions William Gaddis

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V. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added V. Thomas Pynchon

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Blood Meridian is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy

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Libra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Libra Don DeLillo

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Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon

The Greatest American Novels

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added The Road Cormac McCarthy

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1979 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mollevangsvagen added 1979 Christian Kracht

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Hocus Pocus Kurt Vonnegut

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Wittgenstein's Mistress is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Wittgenstein's Mistress David Markson

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The French Lieutenant's Woman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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Hopscotch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
erdos1 added Hopscotch Julio Cortázar

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
bugo99 added Steppenwolf Hermann Hesse

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Crash J. G. Ballard

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The Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
erdos1 added The Tunnel William H. Gass

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Choke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Choke Chuck Palahniuk

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Bleeding Edge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Bleeding Edge Thomas Pynchon

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Perfume is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Perfume Patrick Süskind

The Best Russian Novels

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The young man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Young Man Botho Strauß

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Osc... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz

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The Amazing Adventures of Kava... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon

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American Tabloid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added American Tabloid James Ellroy

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The Third Policeman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
bugo99 added The Third Policeman Brian O'Nolan

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Blood and Guts in High School is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Less Than Zero Bret Easton Ellis

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Terra nostra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Terra Nostra Carlos Fuentes